The Liverpool hero met face to face with Manchester rival Flanagan today ahead of their massive fight on Saturday 13th February, 2016, at the Liverpool Echo Arena, exclusively live on BoxNation.
‘Dirty’ Derry vacated his Interim WBA World title to get his shot at Flanagan’s WBO crown and is confident he will emerge victorious in his own backyard in the explosive north-west battle.
He’ll also vacate his spot on the undercard of the December 19th mega-show in Manchester where he was competing in an eight-round contest to concentrate on Flanagan.
“50 is the magic number for me and I know I’ll be lifting the title above my head on the night,” Said Mathews.
“It’s going to be a special night for me in Liverpool and I’m expecting a great fight from Flanagan, but nothing is going to stop me winning that world title,”
“I started my professional career with Frank Warren and now I’m going to win the world title in my 50th fight with Frank by beating Flanagan,”
The 32-year-old lost to Flanagan in 2012 in a Prize Fighter tournament and Mathews believes Flanagan will be taking him for granted.
He added, “I went into Prize Fighter with two bad cuts and that was only over three rounds,”
“Flanagan willl be confident in that he’s got a win over me, but that doesn’t mean a thing,”
“If he’s going by that last fight he’s very badly mistaken and I’ll give him such a surprise on the night, the next thing he’ll know he’ll be the ex-champion and that belt will be staying in Liverpool,”
“I feel that Flanagan and his team are overlooking me and that’s going to be at his cost as he’ll find out painfully.”
Ticket for ‘A Tale Of Two Cities’ are priced at £40, £60, £80, £100, £150* and are available from www.echoarena.com
A special V.I.P ticket priced at £250* that includes an inner ringside V.I.P seat, lanyard, complimentary beer, wine and soft drink (between a certain time period) and canapés are available to purchase through the Frank Warren Box Office office only on 01992 505 550.
*Tickets are subject to a booking fee.